Crimestoppers is organising a major one-day conference designed to help local businesses shore up their online security.


The conference, which takes place at the famous Eden Project on Thursday 27 April 2017, will feature a range of expert speakers who will highlight key dangers and offer practical advice on cyber security, pinpointing typical cyber pitfalls to avoid. Speakers and their organisations include:

  • Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner
  • City of London Police
  • South West Regional Organised Crime Unit
  • Tony Neate – CEO, Get Safe Online
  • South West Cyber Security Cluster
  • Devon and Cornwall Police


Plymouth-based IT company Acronyms estimates that last year cyber crime cost the counties of Devon and Cornwall nearly £2 million. Nationally, more than half of emails received by businesses contained viruses or were fraudulent, and three-quarters of all websites have vulnerabilities that leave them exposed. It’s also estimated that 80% of cyber crime is preventable, if only people knew what the risks were and took a few simple security steps to help avoid damaging business reputations and finances.

Sarah-Jane Prew, Regional Manager for Devon and Cornwall, says: “Cyber crime affects not just big business but also small companies. Once a business comes under attack it can be difficult to bounce back and a costly, painful experience.

“In a fast changing environment, businesses need to be fully aware of the risks and consequences. Banks increasingly refuse to withstand losses suffered by companies from cyber crime, and insurance companies favour those with adequate protection before they offer preferential premiums.

“All of us who use the internet are at risk and it’s important to understand how your staff fit into this and how they can often be the ones, even unwittingly, who provide the weak link in the chain. This one-day conference will give local businesses of all sizes the edge they need when it comes to protecting themselves from the cyber crime threat.”

Tickets to the conference cost just £40, including lunch and refreshments, and entry into the Eden Project from 4-6 p.m. Click here to find out more and book your place.